BlackBerry CEO John Chen recently revealed during a conference call that the company was planning to divulge some information regarding its upcoming mid-range Android smartphones next month. Barely days after the revelation, new evidence has cropped up online suggesting that the ‘Hamburg’ could be an ODM device.
A device carrying the name ‘DTEK 50’ has been recently certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance. As some of our readers will be aware, DTEK is actually BlackBerry’s privacy suite that comes installed on the Priv. The model number of the device is STH100-2, which also matches the model number for the BlackBerry Priv. However, this device isn’t manufactured by BlackBerry. Instead, the Wi-Fi Alliance listing reveals that it is manufactured by TCL Communications Ltd. TCL is actually a Chinese company that makes Alcatel-branded smartphones.
What this means is that the ‘Hamburg’ will only be designed by BlackBerry but will be manufactured by TCL for BlackBerry. This does seem to make sense as a recent rumor had suggested that the two companies had signed a cooperation agreement. The ‘Hamburg’ is expected to be the first of multiple new smartphones that TCL will be manufacturing for BlackBerry. As we told you in our previous reports, the ‘Hamburg’ is going to be a mid-range smartphone. It will apparently be based on the Alcatel Idol 4 that was announced in February this year at the Mobile World Congress 2016. While most specifications will be identical, the Hamburg will be powered by a slightly less powerful and older Snapdragon 615 chipset as opposed to the Snapdragon 617 chipset used on the Idol 4. The benchmark leak from last month also revealed that the ‘Hamburg’ is going to sport a 5.2-inch sized display with 1080p resolution. Rest of its spec-sheet is identical to the Idol 4. You can look forward to 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and perhaps an identical 2610mAh non-removable battery inside. More details are expected to surface next month when BlackBerry shares its future plans.